A division of the Spokane County Bar Association, the SYLD provides new and young lawyers with networking and referral opportunities, social connections, and low-cost CLEs on topics of special interest to those who are new to practice. Members of the SCBA who are under the age of 36 or within the first five years of practice (whichever occurs later) are automatically members of the SYLD without further dues or registration.
If you fit the definition of an SYLD member and are not already receiving emails from us, please contact Corey Riordan to have your name added to our list. NOTE: To add yourself to the Young Lawyers Division via your profile on this web site at www.spokanebar.org/scba-member-login/. Under My Account, click on Add a Section or Division. Click on Young Lawyers Division to add yourself to this division.
Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee, PLLC
Deanna Willman is an associate at Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee, PLLC in downtown Spokane. Her practice is focused on civil litigation and appellate work. Deanna believes in providing straightforward, compassionate assistance. Deanna knows that people bring some of their most sensitive matters to attorneys, and strives to provide her clients with comfort, while handling their problems efficiently and thoroughly. She uses her ever-developing advocacy skills to achieve her client’s goals and better the community she grew up in. Deanna is also a board member of the Spokane Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.
Zigler Family Law, PLLC
Joanna Puryear is an associate at Zigler Family Law. Her practice focuses on family law, estate planning and probate. An Eastern Washington native, Joanna received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University before relocating to Spokane. She spent six years working for a Spokane family law firm while completing the Washington State Bar Association’s APR6 Program.
Stevens Clay, P.S.
Stephanie Faust is an Associate Attorney for Stevens Clay, P.S., which serves education providers and municipalities throughout the State of Washington. Stephanie’s practice focuses on education and employment law. A Washington native, Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College. In 2014, Stephanie relocated to Spokane, and in 2017, she graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. Stephanie also serves on the board of Washington Women Lawyers Spokane Chapter.
Gerl & Whitten, PLLC
Courtney Whitten is a partner at Gerl & Whitten, PLLC, where she focuses her practice on criminal defense and landlord representation. Prior to forming Gerl & Whitten, PLLC,
Courtney practiced civil litigation for several years with a focus on business and construction litigation. Courtney earned her B.A. from the University of Washington before moving on to Gonzaga University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2017. While studying at Gonzaga, Courtney was an Associate Editor for the Gonzaga Law Review, Vice President of the Student Bar Association, President of the William O’ Douglas Committee, and excelled academically. Her quality of work was recognized through the CALI Excellence awards in e-Discovery & e-Evidence and Community Property. Community involvement is also important to Courtney. She serves as a Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2018-2020), Vice President of the Washington Association of Youth Courts (2017-2018), and a regular volunteer with the Cheney Youth Court.
Trustee Position #1
Foster Garvey PC
Asti practices commercial litigation. Prior to joining private practice, she was a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Trustee Position #2
Pure Management Co.
Tim currently serves as In-House Counsel for a company based out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is also a founding member and current officer for CougsFirst! Spokane, a local non-profit organization. Tim received his undergraduate degree in History Education from Washington State University in 2007. After completing his undergraduate studies, Tim taught English in South Korea for several years. Tim graduated with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2015. Tim is admitted to practice in the state of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Trustee Position #3
Asta Margaryan serves as Corporate Counsel for Pyrotek Incorporated. Asta received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Easter Washington University and her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. While attending law school, Asta clerked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. After law school, Asta entered private practice with mid-sized firms in Kennewick and Spokane where her practice primarily focused on civil litigation, medical malpractice defense, and employment law.
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Evan focuses on family law and divorce matters, as well as general litigation, personal injury, and insurance defense. He represents individuals and families in dissolution proceedings, asset valuations, child custody, child relocation, child support, and protection and restraining order proceedings. Evan has represented individuals and businesses in both Washington and Idaho.
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Kirkpatrick & Startzel
Luke O’Bannan works as a civil litigation attorney for Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S. in Spokane. After graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law summa cum laude, Luke clerked for two years at Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals before joining the team at K&S. Raised in Spokane as the middle child in a family of nine, Luke enjoys spending time with his large extended family as well as his wife and children.
Trustee Position #9
Sawyer is an associate attorney at the law firm of Witherspoon Kelley. He works primarily in the commercial litigation and employments groups. Before joining Witherspoon Kelley, Sawyer attended the University of Washington School of Law as part of the class of 2017 and spent a year as the law clerk to the Honorable Tracey Wollenberg on the Court of Appeals of the State of Alaska. In addition, Sawyer is also an assistant coach for Gonzaga University’s Mock Trial Program.
Trustee Position #10
United States District Court
Brennan is a law clerk for Judge Robert H. Whaley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and economics from Gonzaga University and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where he was selected as a Public Interest Scholar and served on the Villanova Law Review. After law school, Brennan worked as a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Lawrence-Berrey on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III. After completing his term, he joined the Washington State Attorney General’s Office through the AGO’s annual Honors Program. He is admitted to practice in Washington.
Trustee Position #11
Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, PS
Steven Clark is an attorney at Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang. His practice focuses on criminal defense, domestic violence, appeals, and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Steve worked at the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office for roughly three and a half years, litigating criminal matters in juvenile, district, and superior court. Steve has litigated criminal cases at every trial level and every stage of proceeding. A native of Spokane, he attended the University of Washington School of Law.
Trustee Position #12
Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office
Matt is a Deputy Prosecutor with the Civil Department of the Prosecutor’s Office. He works in the civil commitment unit, representing mental health and substance use evaluation and treatment facilities in petitions for detention under the Involuntary Treatment Act. Matt has a B.A. in History from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. After law school, he clerked for Judge Kevin Korsmo of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III.
ANDREW M. WAGLEY
Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C.
Andy is an associate attorney at Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C. His practice focuses on criminal defense, employment law, commercial litigation, and medical malpractice defense. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business prior to attending the Gonzaga University School of Law. Andy graduated summa cum laude from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 2015. Prior to entering private practice, Andy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey in Division Three of the Court of Appeals of Washington. Andy is admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, along with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The SYLD Board meets on the third Thursday of every month at various locations. All members and potential members are encouraged to attend board meetings. SYLD also hosts several regular events for members, including networking socials, Spokane Chiefs Hockey Night, and the Intro to Courts CLE. Please watch the Calendar Call and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpokaneYLD) for meeting and event notices.
The SYLD operates several standing committees. All SYLD members are eligible to serve on a committee.
Intro to Courts CLE Committee:
SYLD puts on the Intro to Courts CLE every fall, specifically intended to help those who have just passed the bar become acquainted with the local courts. The committee coordinates volunteers, establishes content, and handles logistics of the CLE, in addition to securing approval of credits from WSBA. For more information and to join the Intro to Courts CLE Committee, contact committee chair Stanley Corbit.
The SYLD Membership Committee works to increase involvement of SYLD members in the Division’s activities. This includes planning social and networking events, looking for partnerships with other professional organizations, and suggesting ways to increase the Division’s value to its members. For more information and to join the Membership Committee, contact Andy Wagley, Tim Brandle, and Corey Riordan.
The Scholarship Committee develops scholarship programs to be sponsored by SYLD. The Committee considers various options for recipients and qualifications, solicits applicants, selects recipients and presents the scholarships. For more information and to join the Scholarship Committee, contact Corey Riordan.
Public Service Committee:
The Public Service Committee is charged with making sure the SYLD membership is aware of pro bono and public service opportunities. The Committee will also plan at least one community service activity for SYLD membership. For more information and to join the Public Service Committee, contact Asta Margaryan, Tim Brandle, Andy Wagley, and Sawyer Margett.
Law Day Committee:
The Law Day Chair plans the content of Law Day presentations in May of every year, coordinates invitations to local high schools for presentations, and secures volunteers for the day of the event. For more information and to join the Law Day Committee, contact Corey Riordan.
Judicial Theater CLE Committee:
SYLD presents Judicial Theater, an ethics CLE, every other year. The committee coordinates members of the bench who volunteer as actors, establishes skit content, and handles the other logistics of the CLE. For more information and to join the 2017-18 Judicial Theater Committee, contact committee co-chairs Deanna Willman and Stephanie Faust.